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Yuletide auto crashes claim 27 in Kogi

By Boluwaji Obahopo

LOKOJA—The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has said that 27 people died, while 105 others sustained injuries in various auto crashes that occurred on highways across Kogi State during the Christmas and new year festive period.

The state Sector Commander, Godwin Omiko, disclosed this to journalists, yesterday, in his office in Lokoja, while reviewing the command’s operation and road crashes recorded during the Christmas and New Year festive period.

According to him, “30 road crashes were recorded in the state between December 19, 2014 and January 12, 2015. 230 people were involved, 27 died, 105 injured, while 98 were rescued without injuries.”

He said 333 motorists were arrested for violating traffic rules, adding that 79 were arraigned in Mobile Courts; 71 convicted, while eight were discharged and acquitted.

Omiko said the focus of the command this year would be public enlightenment, training, enforcement and synergy with other stakeholders in road safety, in its bid to achieve the goal of the commission.

He, however, warned officers and marshals of the command to keep away from things that would tarnish the image of the commission or make them to lose their job.



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